More than 36 million older adults experience some degree of hearing loss. In fact, it is one of the most common conditions affecting seniors. If you provide home care for an aging parent or love one, and his or her doctor has recommended a hearing aid, learn about the different types available so you can help your loved one make an informed decision about which one will offer the most assistance and comfort.
Behind the Ear
One of the most popular types of hearing aid among seniors is the “behind the ear” model. This hearing aid sits within the ear while at tube goes over the outer ear and rests directly behind it, and can help correct hearing problems ranging from severe to mild. It comes in a variety of styles and sizes, and offers a nice balance between audio quality and comfort. Many brands also have directional microphones to help the wearer hear better in noisy environments.
Completely in Canal
One of the more unobtrusive hearing aid designs is the “completely in canal” model. Also known as “invisible” hearing aids, they are designed for placement comfortably inside the ear. This type of hearing aid is most often used by seniors with moderate to mild hearing loss. Thanks to advancements in technologies, some models are Bluetooth compatible, meaning the wearer can talk through his or her cellphone via the hearing aid. High-tech options even allow the wearer to control and adjust their hearing aid using a connected smartphone.
In the Ear
Many people prefer the traditional “in the ear” hearing aids. This type of hearing aid has been used for decades to help correct severe hearing loss, and has helped millions of seniors continue to engage in conversations and regular daily activates. After choosing a brand, your loved one will receive a custom-made device designed specifically to fit his or her ears.
Hearing aids can play a large role in your loved one’s ability to maintain his or her independence, regular routine and quality of life. For more information about senior health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County. We proudly provide hourly and live-in care Jefferson County families trust and are available to answer questions about senior care 24/7. Call us at 303-987-5992 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.